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Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

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Children are not stupid. Nothing seems to escape a small child’s notice. I make this observation because most children’s movies are not very good; they are witless and filled with contempt for their audiences. However, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of the best films of its time. It has all the qualities a good film should have: it’s exciting, mentally stimulating and appeals to the kid inside of us all. The film, directed by Mel Stuart in 1971, is a children's musical comedy adapted by David Seltzer from Roald Dahl's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This movie was financed by the Quaker Oats Company with a goal of providing high-quality family entertainment. This movie stars Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka, the eccentric owner of the chocolate factory; Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket; Diana Sowle as Charlie’s hardworking mother and Jack Albertson as Charlie’s bedridden Grandpa Joe. The film, rated G by the MPAA, tells the story of how poor Charlie Bucket and four other rich, spoilt kids win a tour of Willie Wonka’s otherwise secret chocolate factory. Because of Charlie’s honesty during the tour, at the end of the film, Willie Wonka gives Charlie his factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate. The main message of the film is that greed leads to failure and honesty pays off. Based on its creative presentation, excellent performance by its cast, and originality Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a great film for all ages.
Charlie Bucket is a poor boy whose mother is barely able to make enough money to feed Charlie and his bedridden grandparents. One day Willie Wonka, a famous candy maker, starts a contest in which the five lucky winners would win a lifetime supply of candy and a tour of his secret factory. To win the contest all you needed to do was to find one of the five golden tickets which were hidden in a Wonka Bar. The first four tickets are found by spoiled brats. Though Charlie had little money to waste on unnecessary indulgences like chocolate, he wanted a golden ticket. Charlie worked hard and bought a Wonka Bar which he later found out had a Golden Ticket. When Charlie showed his grandparents the golden ticket, out of excitement, Charlie’s bedridden Grandpa Joe jumped out of bed to accompany Charlie on his visit to Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory. As the children find the golden tickets, an impostor of Aurthur Slugworth, one of Wonka’s competitors, tells each of the children to bring him an Everlasting Gobstopper, one of Wonka’s secret inventions, and he will, “pay them well.” At the beginning of the tour Willie Wonka gives each of the children an Everlasting Gobstopper if they swear that they will “never show another living soul.” By the end of the tour only Charlie is left because all of the other children broke the rules and faced the consequences. Since Charlie broke the rules, he was told, by a very upset Willie Wonka, that he wouldn’t get a lifetime supply of chocolate. Before leaving Charlie tells his...

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